Children on Kapa island, Tonga, now have access to clean, safe drinking water thanks to rain water tanks that were installed at their school. Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace
Tonga is the 2nd most at-risk country in the world to natural disasters and is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which pose serious threats to the people of Tonga and their livelihoods. You’re helping communities in Tonga learn climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction techniques, ensuring people stay safe and have access food and water during and after natural disasters.
How you’re helping
With your support, Act for Peace’s partner, the Tonga National Council of Churches, is installing rainwater tanks in vulnerable communities so they can have clean, safe drinking water. These tanks are designed to better withstand a cyclone, providing greater security to the community as they work to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce the risks they face from natural disasters.
You’re also helping to train communities in Tonga to identify the risks they face, empowering them to manage their own disaster preparedness and response through early warning systems, increased knowledge about the importance of nutritious food stockpiles, and to design and implement emergency action plans that will help save lives when disaster strikes. This can include building evacuation centres (or restoring old ones) and disaster simulation drills to ensure everyone knows and understands their village emergency action plan, such as what to do before, during and after a cyclone, and how to evacuate. The program places a special focus on increasing leadership in all sectors of society, in particular women and youth.